A wonderful film, depicting the making of ollas, large earthen jars, featuring Carmen Portillo of the Mayan village of Ubalama, firing clay above ground, utilizing branches and old boards for fuel. Topics: Maya, Ubalama, pottery, olla, Carmen Portillo
An old-timey set-up & projection techniques film, set in a school classroom. This film teaches the young projectionist how to put on a good show, and not trip over the cord while doing so. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: projector, 16mm, Bell & Howell
(1978) 30m, dir. David Loeb Weiss. On July 2, 1978, the last hot lead edition of the New York Times rolled off the presses. Weiss, a proofreader for the Times, documented the phasing out of this historical process, and what impresses us now, beyond the Ludlow machine (which casts the lead at 535 degrees), the Linotype machine (operated for the last time by Carl Schlesinger, who also narrates the film), and the presses, is the incredible noise generated by all these people and devices. The... Topics: newspaper, linotype, typesetting
On Red Markham's farm near Whitewater, Wisconsin, son Steve tells his story: through the woods, taking a school bus, how muddy fields impact harvesting, canning jam, making jack-o-lanterns, and watching a dairy truck collect milk. About the film, director Tom Smith writes: " In the 1970s, the Markham family enjoyed national fame for a brief period when the popular children’s TV show, “Captain Kangaroo” aired film clips from these films on CBS network. Their names were not given when...
Filmed on the farm of Gerald "Red" Markham, near Whitewater, Wisconsin, and narrated by Red's son Dale. He notes that Spring is a busy time of the year on a farm, but especially on a dairy farm that has many acres to be cultivated, fertilized, and planted in field corn as well as sweet corn. There are also trips to town, meetings of the LaGrange Four-H club, and a birthday party. Dale Markham went on to play in the National Football League: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dale_Markham... Topics: encyclopedia britannica, spring, farm
This film follows a rural family to a county fair, showing scenes of horse races, concessions, corn judging contests and tractor demonstrations; Gerald "Red" Markham farm near town of Whitewater, near LaGrange, Walworth Co. Wisconsin. The children are Dale, Pam, Steve. Tom Smith made four films in this series. Farm Family in Autumn, Farm Family in Spring, Farm Family in Summer, and Farm Family in Winter, all available to see in the Academic Film Archive of North America collection on... Topics: farm, tom smith, encyclopedia britannica
Shows family life on a modern farm in winter. Describes the care and feeding of livestock kept on a farm in winter. Here, farm life continues at a vigorous pace, in spite of restrictions of inclement weather, as a farm family complete the work of harvest and prepare for the renewal of the growing cycle in spring. The story is told in first person by the grandfather, at Gerald "Red" Markham's farm near the town of Whitewater, Walworth County, Wisconsin. He tries to get the "snow...
'Farmer-Fishermen' (1948) 15m, dir. Ronald Craigen. Narrated in the first-person, a boy's narration of fishing culture in Norway. The boy and father return to farm during warm months, and he and his sister tend flocks for the summer in a mountain hut, away from their parents. Many other adolescents do the same, making for great camaraderie in the mountains. Net mending, potato planting, weaving, etc. Scenes from Bergen, and village of Floro. From Louis de Rochemont's 'Earth and Its People'... Topic: Norway
A bilingual girl of Mexican-American parents has ambitions to be teacher. She gets early experience when she helps her uncle learn English so he can obtain a driver’s license for a new job. Awards: Columbus Film Festival : ”Best Film in category” Aired on CBS Children’s Film Festival ( 2 reviews ) Topic: Bert Salzman
'The Fiddler' (1975) 20m, dir. Marshall Riggan. This amazing film showcases an elderly East Texas fiddle maker and his wife. After his hand-crafted fiddle is finished, we discover that he's an amazing country fiddler, too. This 'lost' film was produced by Riggan for a religious organization. Later, under new management, the organization apparently decided that the film was more profane than sacred, and discarded or destroyed all remaining prints. ( 4 reviews )
Made by Willis Simms' 6th Period Art Class at Hughes Jr. High, Woodland Hills, California. The film depicts the making of the film as well as the finished product, with Bolex camera, the construction of miniature sets, lighting and splicing. The jazz sound track is performed by Robert Clark, music teacher at Hughes Jr. High. The narration was done by veteran actor Marvin Miller. The girl shown splicing footage is Simms' daughter Laura. For more on Simms, visit... Topic: student film
The Taracsan Indians, living on the island of Janítzio, are shown fishing with their butterfly nets, in a rare and damaged film we’re hoping to completely restore, when finances permit. Topics: Tarascan, Janitzio, Patzcuaro, butterfly net, fishing
Essentially a film on photosynthesis, this film includes demonstrations and drawings to show how life on earth relies on the sun for energy. It describes the basic processes by which plants and animals obtain the sun's energy stored in food, and how this energy is converted into food. The avant-garde jazz music score is thought to be performed by the Art Ensemble of Chicago. About the music, director Tom Smith notes: "It was a group of perhaps five or six musicians led by a pianist. The... Topics: food, Art Ensemble of Chicago, sun, animal
This PSSC film utilizes a fascinating set consisting of a rotating table and furniture occupying surprisingly unpredictable spots within the viewing area. The fine cinematography by Abraham Morochnik, and funny narration by University of Toronto professors Donald Ivey and Patterson Hume is a wonderful example of the fun a creative team of filmmakers can have with a subject that other, less imaginative types might find pedestrian. ( 6 reviews ) Topics: physics, science, PSSC
Professor Byron L Youtz uses a stream of electrons accelerated through mercury vapor to show that the kinetic energy of the electrons is transferred to the mercury atoms only in discrete packets of energy. Establishes the association of the quantum of energy with a line in the spectrum of mercury. Points out that the Frank-Hertz experiment was one of the earliest indications of the existence of internal energy states within the atom. Includes an epilogue by James Franck. A PSSC (Physical... Topics: physics, PSSC, experiments, electrons
This film uses a large collection of paintings on the French and Indian War to offer a vivid and realistic picture of key episodes, places, and people. It explains some of the differences between French and English colonial policy and ways of life, depicting the battle for Quebec in detail, including the deaths of Montcalm and Wolfe.The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard. Topics: french and indian war, US History, Encyclopedia Britannica
Contrasts man's thoughtless abuse of his environment with the unspoiled beauties of nature. Alemann's painterly camera captures impressionistic views of Yosemite's waterfalls, forest wildlife, mountain trees and flowers, and Monterey cypresses. For more on director Johanna Alemann, visit http://www.afana.org/alemann.htm Topics: environmet, ecology, Yosemite, Monterey cypress
Dramatizes everyday events in the life of a Midwest settler's family from a child's viewpoint, illustrating school and community activities as well as home life, and stressing the self-sufficiency of the early settler. The script was written by noted novelist and screenwriter Elmore Leonard.
Lesson 65 in Encyclopaedia Britannica's 'Je Parle Français' French language instruction series of 1961. The ilm begins with a parade in Bretagne with traditional dress, accompanied by bagpipes. Leter actors Ghislaine Dumont and Jean Landret meet traditional dancers who perform a round dance, accompanied by chanter and bagpipes. For more on EB's foreign language series of films from the early 1960s, visit http://www.afana.org/ebforeign.htm Topics: Bretagne, Brittany, bagpipe, folklore, dance, French language instruction